5 things you should know about Rev Fr Battista Busolin, the Salesian Samaritan of Garo Hills

5 things you should know about Rev Fr Battista Busolin, the Salesian Samaritan of Garo Hills

TURA: Rev. Fr Battista Busolin, the last of the foreign missionaries who served the people of Garo Hills for 67 long years, was laid to rest at the cemetery for Salesians of Don Bosco at Bosco Mount, Rongkhon Tura, on Monday afternoon after a specialfuneral service attended by thousands of people, many of whom came from as far as Damra in Assam and Rongjeng in East Garo Hills.

Here are 5 things you should know about Fr Busolin

## Fr Busolin was born on January 16, 1922 in Padua Italy. He was also a patron, a friend and a guide for many people in Garo Hills. The Salesian Samaritan set foot in Garo Hills in 1950 for his missionary work that began from Damra and extended all the way to Rongjeng and Shallang in West Khasi Hills.

## Fr Busolin was also instrumental in educating (L) Purno A Sangma, the political stalwart of the state who passed away this year. He was the man who brought (L) PA Sangma from the border village of Chapahati to Tura for his education. He was a father figure to late father PA Sangma.  As Tura MP Conrad Sangma recalled, "Today we stand where we are because of the kind and generous help of Fr. Busolin. Our family is forever indebted to Fr. Busolin."

## Don Bosco College, Tura, Don Bosco BEd College, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, the college hostel are all monuments of Fr Busolin's vision and commitment to the development of Garo Hills. Fr Busolin has also set up numerous schools and dispensaries in Rongjeng, Garobada, Baghmara and in several villages of Garo Hills.

## On August 15 lst year, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma had felicitated Fr Busolin for his selfless service towards the people of Garo Hills.

## Fr Busolin brought hopes into the lives of million people and educated thousands of students, many of whom are now holding responsible positions in the society.

It was an end of a saga for the Salesian Samaritan. Honouring the 94 year old Italian priest at his funeral service were several thousand of his well-wishers who had been become a part of his missionary work in the Garo Hills.

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